Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Mental Health Nursing with Registered Nurse Status

University of Liverpool · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Please see the course page on the University website for full details.

Months of entry


Course content

Gain eligibility to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a mental health nurse on this pre-registration master’s degree. With a grounding in mental health conditions, you’ll discover the professional standards for mental health nurses and how to lead the delivery of compassionate care in hospital, forensic and community settings.

This two-year master’s degree equips you with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes needed to become a mental health nurse.

We’ll prepare you to care for individuals across the lifespan, from child and adolescent mental health to conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

With an emphasis on evidence-based practice, the programme will reveal the indivisible link between mental and physical ill health. You’ll discover the principles of mental health nursing practice, local and global determinants of mental health, and how to manage complex care needs.

Your learning will be brought to life through extensive clinical experience, working with patients in a variety of settings, including inpatient wards and forensic and community settings.

Developed in collaboration with leading healthcare providers in the North West, the programme will be taught by experienced, working and registered practitioners. We’ll help you develop into a caring and compassionate nurse, able to support individuals and their families, and ready to lead and coordinate care as part of a multi-professional team.

On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a mental health nurse.


  • Professional standards for nurses, midwives and nursing associates, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Relevant legal, professional regulatory and ethical frameworks
  • Anatomy, physiology, genomics and behavioural sciences
  • Commonly encountered mental health and physical health conditions
  • Local and global determinants of mental health
  • How to assess patient needs and plan, provide and evaluate care
  • How to provide compassionate, evidence-based and person-centred nursing care
  • How to recognise deteriorating health needs
  • Public health principles including the promotion of good health and prevention of ill health
  • Leaderships styles and management skills in mental health nursing
  • Care planning, delivery, interventions and referrals for complex health care needs
  • Collaborative working practices

Information for international students

International applicants whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency, to a standard equivalent to average academic level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with no component lower than 7.

Fees and funding

UK students
See https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/taught/mental-health-nursing-msc/fees/
International students
See https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/taught/mental-health-nursing-msc/fees/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PG Recruitment Team